Ambon Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)

Also known as Ambon Shrimp, Carid Shrimps, Cleaner Shrimps, Common Cleaner Shrimp, Humpback Cleaner Shrimp, Humped-back Cleaner Shrimp, Indo-Pacific White-banded Cleaner Shrimp, Indo-Pacific White-striped Cleaner Shrimp, Northern Cleaner Shrimp, Pacific Cleaner Shrimp, Pacific White-striped Cleaner Shrimp, Red Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Red-white-striped Cleaner Shrimp, Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, Scarlet Shrimp, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Scarlet White-striped Cleaner Shrimp, Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, White-banded Cleaner Shrimp, Whitestripe Cleaner Shrimp

Description

Also known as Ambon Shrimp, Carid Shrimps, Cleaner Shrimps, Common Cleaner Shrimp, Humpback Cleaner Shrimp, Humped-back Cleaner Shrimp, Indo-Pacific White-banded Cleaner Shrimp, Indo-Pacific White-striped Cleaner Shrimp, Northern Cleaner Shrimp, Pacific Cleaner Shrimp, Pacific White-striped Cleaner Shrimp, Red Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Red-white-striped Cleaner Shrimp, Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, Scarlet Shrimp, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Scarlet White-striped Cleaner Shrimp, Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, White-banded Cleaner Shrimp, Whitestripe Cleaner Shrimp.

Found in pairs or in colonies at fish cleaning stations over coral and rocky reefs, waving their antennae to attract customers.
They feed on mucus, parasites and dead fish tissue.
Length - 6cm
Depth - 5-40m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Often if a divers hand is near to a cleaner shrimps, they will hop on board and perform a manicure!

Carid shrimps occur worldwide in almost every habitat, from sea water to fresh water and can be found all over the reef.
They are generally respected by other creatures, often sharing burrows and holes and working as housekeepers.
They will wave their antennae around to attract fish, they then proceed to clean outside and inside the creatures mouths, gills etc,. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysmata_amboinensis

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